I was first introduced to Judaism in college when I met graduate student, Elaine Broad, a most fascinating composer, conductor, and one of my theory instructors whose techniques I continue to use with my own students.
Elaine Broad’s choral and orchestral compositions were brilliant, and following her graduate recital, in which I sang, I was infatuated with Jewish music. I still cherish her arrangement of “Oseh Shalom.” (Please listen to this chorale.)
When I moved to Dayton in 1990, I was so blessed to meet so many folks who celebrate their Jewish faith. I was raised United Methodist (originally Evangelical United Brethren Church) but I’ve always been terribly interested in the faith and culture of my Jewish friends.
So, to my beloved Jewish friends, I wish you a happy first night of Hanukkah.
Know you are loved…